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1201  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Phrases I hate. on: December 17, 2004, 01:23:07 AM
The only thing making mad props acceptable is when you, in jest of course, give specific numbers of them.

For example:
"That was clever.  You get two props."

That tends to annoy people who actually use it in conversations because they realize how dumb they sound.

Me, I'm waiting until I get enough props to trade for a turbojet.
1202  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [WoW] PvP just not for me? on: December 16, 2004, 09:30:21 PM
PVP is definitely not for me.  Besides, I don't see any incentive to go PVP for this game... there's never a shortage of people willing to duel or PVP-battle on the PvE servers, plus you get to play minus the aggravation of getting ganked when you really don't feel like it.  Yeah, PVP can be atmospheric and intense and fun, but if you turn your PVP flag on in PvE, you can get jumped just as easily by anyone high-level passing by (if that's your thing).
1203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PC Gaming version: Shut up! It IS time to reveal your GOTY on: December 16, 2004, 09:27:05 PM
Tough one.  Can't we have Games of the Year, or maybe just one GOTY for every year's worth of quality titles we got this year (which would come out to about 5 for me)?

World of Warcraft, HL2, Far Cry, and Rome are all struggling to be my GOTY.  Been addicted to WoW, but just reinstalled Far Cry last night, and getting the urge to play HL2 again.
1204  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / (WoW) New patch contents 12/16 on: December 16, 2004, 09:24:49 PM
Remember, the forum post said that it's a sneak peek, not a full changelog.  If it seems like too little for your class/profession, there's probably more.  Also, one of the Blizz community reps said that druids were getting a little love in the upcoming patch, so hopefully there's some changes there.
1205  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST Recap on: December 16, 2004, 08:10:38 PM
It would appear from the website as if they're running 2 episodes a week from now on; rejoice, all ye who missed it the first time through!  If they keep doing it we'll have caught up by the new episdoes.
1206  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST Recap on: December 16, 2004, 02:58:49 AM
Well, I'm hooked.  Definitely jumping in now, especially if no major questions are answered yet; hopefully I get most of the background in the episodes they do run in the meantime.
1207  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Random WOW Screenshots *SERIOUS BANDWIDTH WARNING* on: December 14, 2004, 07:21:57 PM
ARGH!  My self-imposed ban on WoW during finals week is killing me now... thanks for giving me the urge to play.  Tongue
1208  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW servers down! on: December 14, 2004, 07:18:22 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
Quote
Your characters aren't naked on the selection screen anymore.

So maybe the databases have been overhauled and the auction house and mail may work as intended finally.  That'd be very nice.


How have they not been working as intended before?  (aside from the blank message to send items bug).
1209  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST Recap on: December 14, 2004, 03:22:48 PM
So I see that ABC is planning to run the pilot episode over tomorrow at 9, and I read somewhere that they're going into a mini-recap cycle before it starts airing again in January; so are they just showing the pilot again, or are they going to run all the episodes aired so far again before they start showing new ones?

I really, really want to get into this show, but I think it would be worse to see the pilot and then jump straight into the 12th episode, or wherever they are.
1210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Has everyone else given up on Halo 2 and Multiplayer? on: December 14, 2004, 05:33:17 AM
Finals.  I'll be back on in a week.
1211  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Making money on WoW on: December 14, 2004, 01:48:48 AM
Let addict roommate play for the price of getting to keep the character he's working on now when he gets a new account and starts over.

It started out as a nice bonus of not having to play Horde newbie zones again, but now he's outleveled me and I have a quite nice 31 rogue to show for it.
1212  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I miss Hockey!!! on: December 10, 2004, 03:42:50 PM
Considering that hockey was always my favorite pro sport, and that I hate the parade of suck that has become of most pro sports nowadays, I'm allmost glad they're locked out.  I miss the hockey, but it gives the owners and players time to start acting like professionals, realize they're only screwing over their fans and themselves, and maybe start acting like civilized people again.
1213  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WOW - Can you get there from here??? on: December 10, 2004, 04:59:42 AM
I saw a rumor on the WOW boards, backed up with some fairly good-looking pictures, that one of the hidden towns in those mountains is actually a troll dance party!  I'm not kidding, folks.
1214  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How old are you? on: December 09, 2004, 10:24:45 PM
5/17/1985.

And imagine... I've had to explain what a phonograph is to one of the juniors here on campus.  I still manage to feel like a grumpy old man.

*goes to window, yells 'Get off my lawn, y'damn kids!', gets confused looks from the quad*
1215  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW -- Grouped with Morons on: December 09, 2004, 08:38:54 PM
Quote from: "Butterknife"
Do all blue items bind when you pick them up?


No, because I've seen several blues in the AH.  However, I think the default behavior for blue items in instances and drops is bind on pickup.  I love that it discourages item farming for real money, but it's annoying seeing blue loot you could use get picked off by someone who's just going to VT it.
1216  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW -- Grouped with Morons on: December 09, 2004, 07:12:39 PM
That's nothing.  Picking up blue items that you can't use... WITHOUT asking if anyone else wants them... that's gypped me out of four blues already.  And only one guy (a guildie) understood and actually apologized.

But to the other three idiots, and any other ones in the future, you shall incur my eternally-green-item-clad wrath.
1217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Speaking of riding again... Tex Murphy on: December 09, 2004, 12:16:39 PM
Link it for those of us with Firefox?
1218  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oakland A's Season Tickets...no more on: December 09, 2004, 12:15:20 PM
Quote from: "gameoverman"
This MUST be addressed immediately and decisively or all baseball will have is wrestling fans- people who don't care if it's real, only that it entertains them.


IMO, you've hit the nail on the head better than I could.  This is what's wrong with sports today, and pandering to these people is why I can't stand most TV sports now.
1219  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What are the must-see movies? on: December 07, 2004, 03:44:36 PM
My list:

The Third Man:  Just watch the lighting, the setting, and the monologue on the Ferris wheel.  Filmmaking doesn't get any better.

Princess Mononoke:  My personal Miyazaki favorite.

Black Hawk Down, especially if you've read the book and appreciate the reality behind the situation.  Sizemore is excellent in his role.

Princess Bride:  It's inconceivable that you haven't seen this.
1220  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Lingo: Help! on: December 07, 2004, 03:38:15 PM
Root = A spell which freezes an enemy in place so it can't move.

Gank = To kill a player much lower level than you for the sheer pleasure of it.
1221  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "The Matrix" was a rip-off? WTF? on: December 06, 2004, 07:35:20 PM
I hope that if it's true, the woman gets her damages, as well as an acknowledgement in future DVD editions.  I've dabbled in some writing, I'd hate to see something I submitted for publication blatantly ripped off.  The writing credit would honestly bother me as much as the money.
1222  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Blizzard bans hackers on: December 04, 2004, 03:43:46 PM
Good.  Glad to see Blizzard is trying to preserve the fairness and balance of the game as long as they can.
1223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Aargh! I can't play Pirates!!! on: December 03, 2004, 04:28:29 AM
Quote from: "Caine"
a little on topic stuff here.

you could make an image of the disc and then install from that.  you would need the no-cd fix of course, but it would get you up and running.  
you could also copy the installed directory over and hope that it contains everything that the game needs to run.  i did this with morrowind and it runs fine.
hope this helps.


Don't think it would help if his system can't read the DVD.  It's not copy-protection kicking him on install time, it's that his system can't actually recognize the disc itself (i.e., no filesystem shown).
1224  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Q&A, Hints and Tips, Etc. on: December 03, 2004, 04:24:56 AM
Quote from: "sig20paramedic"
How the heck do you fish??  I have a fishing pole but I can't seem to find a bobber.  Am I supposed to be using the shining bauble(sp?) to fish :? ?


Go near water.  Equip your fishing pole in your weapon hand (here's where it differs from skinning et. al.). Now, drag your 'fishing' skill down to the hotbar (NOT the pole itself, the skill from your spellbook) and click that.  Click the bobber when it starts to thrash around.  The lures increase your fishing skill temporarily, you'll probably want to start out with one of those just for skilling up.
1225  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: there is something wrong with me! on: December 02, 2004, 11:02:20 PM
Honestly, a lot of it depends on what group you fall in with, especially if you're not a solo-oriented player.  I'd recommend creating a character to join the Wanderers or Almost Heroes (the two seemingly-semi-official CG guilds) on Whisperwind; see if playing with a group of mature(r) gamers helps your issues any.  I had a ton of fun soloing in the first stress test, then the open beta felt kind of dry.  But now that I've fallen in with the Wanderers, I'm having even more fun than I did at first.
1226  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / just sold my PS2 on ebay -- awesome ending! on: December 02, 2004, 07:28:04 PM
Congrats!  I've always been too much of a wuss to sell things on EBay.  Too afraid of getting ripped off.  Sounds like you got a good one, though.
1227  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Halo 2 Clan - come back! on: December 02, 2004, 06:45:25 PM
Final projects = all due this/next week.  Finals, the week after.

Expect to see me a lot after that, when I settle down to a volunteer job for 40 REGULAR hours a week.
1228  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Viewing WoW screenshots? on: December 02, 2004, 06:44:34 PM
What's the file format?

I'd fire it up and take one myself, but I have a speech, a term paper, and a project due tomorrow that can't afford me going 'hey, just five more minutes, honest'.
1229  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Sales... it's official on: December 02, 2004, 06:43:51 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Mark my words, you'll see Ghost at E3.


Will it make any kind of an impression beyond the slight, nay, insubstantial portion of a yawn that it elicited from me last time it was shown?
1230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Questions regarding Xbox, Xbox Live and subscription costs on: December 02, 2004, 06:41:03 PM
As far as I know:

1) It really is that simple.  There's an RJ45 jack on the back of the XBox.  I have it sitting connected to my Linksys router right now, for Halo 2 action.  No dongles, no 'accessory kits'.  The only extra hardware I have is the headphones that came with my Live! starter kit, and those are optional.

2) There are third-party options.  In fact, I believe several people in here use them since XBoxes with modded hard drives were banned from Live.  I'm sure one of them will chime in shortly.

3) Yeah, as far as I know, you need the Live subscription for new content; that's one thing that isn't done through the third-party options.  So far, though, I've really not gotten much benefit from third-party options; a few boards for MechAssault (which I never play), a new one for Halo 2 (which I do play), and a couple of Splinter Cell levels, which was nice.

4) I have a decent PC, and will always consider myself a PC gamer first and foremost, but I get a lot of good use out of my XBox.  A lot of it, I admit, is my dorm environment; it's nice to pop in Madden, NHL 2K5, or Burnout 3 and just screw around with roommates for a while.  I play a lot less at home where I don't have other people who play, but I still get get use off of Live there.  Really, it depends on what kind of games you like.  The Box won't give you the depth or breadth of a lot of the PC games out there, but the PC can't approach the XBox on a lot of sports games and racing games.

That said, I don't think there's a much better investment out there for the $150-$200 it will run you right now to pick one up.  I have a pretty decent old machine; it's under the 2 GhZ mark, and my video card is getting up there in time now, but I don't see a pressing need to upgrade anytime in the near future.  I can run pretty much any game from this year's push of quality titles with no problem at high detail, and I don't see anything coming out in the near or medium turn that pushes the hardware any more than Doom 3 or HL2.  UT2K4 is running smoothly on my 700 mhz laptop with a 7000-era Radeon Mobile card.  You figure those engines will be in use for quite a while yet, people will figure out more tricks to get them running smoothly as the engines mature, and your machine will probably suffice as is for well over a year unless something truly revolutionary comes along out of nowhere.  The XBox, with a large library of titles available, a pretty good Platinum Hits collection for cheap, and smooth online play, is a great return-on-investment compared to the play you'd get out of a mid-range video card or the chunk of RAM you'd get for the same price.

/rant off.
1231  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / We need a post about the 62 foot tall Jesus statue here on: December 02, 2004, 06:25:00 PM
Caption:  Gaia finally gets sick of all this Jesus talk these last few millennia.
1232  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Jason Giambi admits using steroids on: December 02, 2004, 06:23:23 PM
It's things like this that make me not care about professional sports anymore, even if all the home runs and high-scoring games are 'exciting' and supposed to draw me in.  Show me real athletes who behave like professionals any day over these losers.

What a joke if he ever plays baseball again, after not only taking steroids, but lying to the public about it.  The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth isn't very respectable if it's only to avoid perjury charges.
1233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Deathmatch just released via steam on: December 01, 2004, 06:02:39 AM
Optional.

Also, FWIW, I've had no problems starting the SP after installing and running HL2DM.
1234  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Steam (and Half-Life 2, I guess) question on: December 01, 2004, 05:43:50 AM
Just for a quick glance, if the Steam tray icon is the whole wrench, it's updating.  If it's a zoomed-in normal-looking, it's not.
1235  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW- Server and Player lists READ FIRST POST on: November 27, 2004, 04:01:20 PM
Clanwolfer,Central,Whisperwind,Horde,Trenmir,Shaman,Tauren,Wanderers
1236  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - Server Choice on: November 26, 2004, 02:13:46 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
We have 80 people thus far in the guild roster of The Lost Order of Akalabeth.  Don't know if you guys are interested, but suffice to say there is always somebody on.  I don't want for gear, enchantments, or anything else - our guild takes care of its own.


 If it's lost, how come there's 80 people in it?   Tongue
1237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How the hell do I play HL 2 offline??? on: November 23, 2004, 09:01:57 PM
Look, you can't run HL2 without Steam, okay?  If you start up Steam in the absence of a Net connection, it runs in offline mode.  There's no way around running Steam.  Steam can run offline, but HL2 can't run without Steam.

If you physically take that jack and yank the cord out, then start Steam, it will start in offline mode.  Otherwise, you have no choice.  If you're online, it logs on.

Edited to add: Unless you've put in the -heapsize option, HL2 won't use all of your available RAM anyway.
1238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How the hell do I play HL 2 offline??? on: November 23, 2004, 07:20:54 PM
Quote from: "DevoutSinner"
Just wanted to say, that I changed my password thinking that I would see the, "remember my password" box. I didn't. Grrrr. I think it's nonsense that by default it runs steam in the background. I hope I can get around this.


If Steam is running without asking you for a password at start, and going straight to the background, you're good to go anyway; remembering your password is the default behavior.  If you don't like that, there's a box in Settings that says 'Don't remember account information on this computer.'
1239  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How the hell do I play HL 2 offline??? on: November 23, 2004, 07:19:28 PM
Go to the game under 'Play Games'.  Right-click it, go to Properties.  If it says 'Offline Mode Ready', you're good to go.

If you're offline and you start Steam, it'll detect that you're offline and give you access to your games based on the saved password.  If you're online, it will never go to offline mode without some nifty firewall tricks.
1240  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NBA] Pacers/Pistons Brawl on: November 20, 2004, 08:42:02 PM
There's no excuse on the part of the players or the fans.  It's hardly comparable, but when I ran track, I had stuff thrown at me by fans of the host team.  You know what I did?  Found the manager of the meet, pointed them out AFTER my race was over, and as far as I know, they were suspended.  And imagine, me showing such restraint without making obscene amounts of money to ease my pain and indignation!

Sorry, but a professional shouldn't be rushing the stands no matter what's being thrown at them.  I don't have as much of an issue with decking a guy sucker-punching them, but if they're throwing beer, you wipe it off, change your jersey, and keep playing.  Playing sports isn't an excuse to act like a fuckwad, on the court or off.

As for the fans, I hope anyone who was caught throwing stuff on camera is indicted for assault, and anyone caught throwing a punch is indicted for battery.  Watching sports isn't a license to act like a fuckwad, in the arena or out.
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